"If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing." I Cor, 13:1-3
Lately, as I've asked Jesus how I can be more effective for His Kingdom, He has answered me with two simple words: "love people". Why is such a simple concept so hard for me to live out? For one, I recognize that in order to love someone in a way they feel and accept love, I need to think about them and how they're wired. Loving someone in a way I understand and receive love may not reach them at all. They may never even know I'm trying! I am challenged with the task of giving in a way the receiver understands and can accept. My offerings are nothing without love.
"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." 1 Cor. 13:13
"This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers." 1 John 3:16
What will I sacrifice today, in order to love someone? Love is an essential factor in a relationship, but until sacrifice is required, it's almost meaningless.